Mantaray Film


THE PHANTOM PAIN OF ROJAVA is a multi-character, post war story, set in Rojava, an autonomous Kurdish state in Northern Syria. Here a group of women and men live together in a house for wounded soldiers. Many are amputees; most are survivors of the war against ISIS. With a personal touch and a unique access director Maryam Ebrahimi depicts the hope and dreams of the Kurdish guerrillas who once were the heroes of the world but now stands abandoned in their struggle for equality and self rule.


Director: Maryam Ebrahimi
Producer: Stina Gardell
Assistant Producer: Mirjam Gellhorn
Cinematographer: Guillaume Briquet, Maryam Ebrahimi
Editor: Amalie Tjellesen Westerlin
Composer: Katharina Nuttall
Audio Design: Håkon Lammetun
Grade: Fredrik Harreschau
Co-Producer: Stine Ann Skaret / Stray Dogs (NO)
Status: Developement

Financiers & partners: MEDIA The Creative Europe program of the European Union, Swedish Film Institute, SVT/ K Special, Fritt Ord, InMaat Foundation, The Swedish Arts Grants Committee, Film Stockholm, NFI & TVO

Director Maryam Ebrahimi is 2021 Chicken & Egg Award Recipient
Selected for pitch at Nordiskt Forum 2021, Hot Docs dealmaker pitch 2022 and IDFA pitch 2023